InterMat ranks Waddell No. 85 senior wrestler in country

The following article appeared on Inter Aug. 5. InterMat releases ranking for high school and college wrestlers by class throughout the year. In its latest update, Gilmer’s Matthew Waddell was ranked the No. 85 senior wrestler in the country across all weight classes. 

With the happenings in Fargo, N.D., a couple of weeks behind us, there has been adequate time to reflect, analyze, and react to the key results from the events. While the top 25 for the Class of 2017 is basically unchanged, there are some shake-ups in the back three-quarters of the top 100 rankings. It includes four new wrestlers not ranked when the initial top 100 for the rising senior group was released in late June.

Most notable among them is Max Wohlabaugh (Winter Springs, Fla.). He enters the rankings at No. 50 overall after finishing as runner-up in both Greco-Roman and freestyle at the Junior Nationals in the 160-pound weight class. Two other double All-Americans from Fargo at the Junior level are newcomers to the rankings, No. 85 Matthew Waddell (Ellijay, Ga.) and No. 99 Brent Jones (Shakopee, Minn.); each placed fifth in freestyle, while Waddell was third in Greco-Roman and Jones finished fifth. Each is also a multitime state champion. The other newcomer is No. 97 Hunter Willits (Pueblo County, Colo.), who placed seventh in Junior freestyle and is a three-time state champion.

Four additional wrestlers moved up 15 or more spots within the Class of 2017 top 100 wrestler rankings. The biggest upward move was by Zach Sherman (Blair Academy, N.J.), who jumps 30 spots to No. 67 overall after a fifth place finish in Junior freestyle at 126 pounds. A pair of wrestlers jumped up 21 positions within the rankings, No. 45 Brandon Courtney (Desert Edge, Ariz.) and No. 62 Parker Filius (Havre, Mont.); Courtney finished third in Junior freestyle at 120, while Filius placed eighth at 138. Each was All-American in that tournament for a second consecutive year. Moving up 15 spots in the rankings was No. 42 Brandon Metz (West Fargo, N.D.), the champion in Junior Greco-Roman at 285 pounds, who also finished third in freestyle.

Still anchoring the rankings is Spencer Lee (Franklin Regional, Pa.), who will be competing in the UWW Junior World freestyle championships later this month, as will No. 4 Daton Fix (Sand Springs, Okla.). Competing in next month’s UWW Cadet World freestyle championships will be No. 2 Yianni Diakomihalis (Hilton, N.Y.), No. 3 Vitali Arujau (Syosset, N.Y.), and No. 8 Jacob Warner (Washington, Ill.).

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